Eduard has come out with several photo etch sets for the 1/200 Scale, Merit, USS Hornet CV-8 (kit# 62001). This is Part 1 of the series, and provides new aircraft and boat cranes for the starboard and port sides, and detail parts to upgrade the ships main aircraft and boat crane on the flight deck.
The new aircraft and boat cranes for the sides are an entire crane assembly. They replace the existing cranes.
The main aircraft and boat crane for the flight deck includes replacement parts for existing kit parts. You get a new boom, hooks, stays, man rails, platforms and ladders.
Assembly is straight-forward but extremely fiddly. There are a bunch of very tiny parts that need to be bent and shaped. Most of the small parts are hard to hold and glue at the same time. This makes for a time consuming and sometimes aggravating assembly. Thank you Eduard for providing some extra parts.
The instructions are quite adequate to provide detailed information on part numbers and placement. There is some minor surgery required on the main aircraft and boat crane for the flight-deck but nothing that is overwhelming.
All-in-all Eduard has come to the rescue with some very nice detail sets to improve an already very nice kit. I would only recommend this set to an experienced modeler who has worked with tiny photo etch. But if you bought the Hornet your already a glutton for punishment.
Thank you Eduard and IPMS USA for providing me the opportunity to review this sample and let the modeling community know it’s out there.
Have fun and enjoy.